THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 2019

What started as a local story in a local newspaper about an unusual white turkey legally harvested by a Mississippi hunter turned into national news and a microcosm of the cultural divide in America when ESPN’s Keith Olbermann attacked the hunter on Twitter.  

Olbermann retweeted news of the harvest by 22-year-old Hunter Waltman of Kiln, Mississippi to his 1M+ followers on Twitter:

Sporting Notes

On March 14, pro-gun Sens. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and John Kennedy (R-LA) introduced S. 821 the Freedom Financing Act, a bill to prohibit discrimination against the firearms industry in the provision of financial services.

Safari Club International’s annual Hunters’ Convention continues to rise on Trade Show News Network’s Top Trade Shows list for another year, according to an announcement today by TSNN.

W. Laird Hamberlin, longtime member of Safari Club International, was named SCI’s Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1. He succeeds Richard M. Parsons, who will serve as his deputy during a transition period.

FROM THE INDUSTRY

The best value in hunting Africa we have ever seen is available through Discount African Hunts. The package includes 6 nights in a 4-star lodge, 5 full days of hunting, and trophy fees for gemsbok, Kalahari springbok, warthog, and baboon. It also includes all food, lodging, services of a professional hunter, tracker, daily laundry service, all licenses and permits, and airport pickup and drop-off from Windhoek. (WDH) An observer can be added for only $150 per day and rifles can be rented for $40 per day.

Billy Chapman Jr has been operating luxury fishing operations throughout Mexico and the Amazon for over 40 years but he always wanted to have a home base in the United States. His goal was to provide stateside sportsmen with the same great opportunities he offers abroad from Anglers Inn International. Through a combination of coincidences, good luck and visiting over 100 properties in the past two years Chapman stumbled upon the Idaho Panhandle and immediately knew he’d found his own Outdoorsman’s Paradise.

You do not hear as much about caribou hunting these days, but Link’s Wild Safaris has an adventure opportunity that is a lot more than your typical trip to deer camp in the fall: a drop camp for caribou in Alaska.Based out of Kotzeboe, and not for the faint of heart, this self-guided caribou adventure is for seven days with five full days of hunting on the Arctic tundra for $3,750 per person, or for groups of two, the price is $7,500.

Though they are a prolific problem in many places, the silver line of pig proliferation are the hunting opportunities. And when you have filled the freezer with 75 pound “meat” pigs, the goal is to shoot a really big pig. If you are willing to endure a week of luxury on a Mediterranean cruise, Shikar Safaris has a plethora of pork-purveying opportunities, and for really big pigs.

Two masked men wielding swords tried robbing a dollar store in Alabama last week before they were thwarted by an employee carrying a gun, investigators said.The suspects burst into a Family Dollar in Birmingham last Wednesday and demanded money from the clerk, but bolted after he showed them his firearm, according to police.

There’s a new turn in the ongoing saga about the Humane Society of the United States paying nearly $11 million to settle a racketeering and fraud lawsuit.Here’s a quick recap: The Fund for Animals and other animal activist groups sued Feld Entertainment, which owns the Ringling Bros. circus, nearly 20 years ago. They claimed the circus abused animals. But it turned out their key witness, a former elephant handler, not only lied under oath but was being paid under the table by HSUS and other groups.

The latest offering from Bestwingshooting.com brings a new opportunity for those who travel the world with shotgun in tow; a driven pheasant hunt in Hungary December 3-7, 2019 for $3399. It is certain to be a luxurious hunting adventure.

Wing shooting in South Africa has gained increasing popularity in the last few years and it can easily be added to any big game or plains game hunt at NyatiWilderness. The majority of the bird shoots are conducted in the central part of South Africa, in Free State, as well as the Western Cape.

Hunters looking to extend their ethical hunting range have opportunities to attend Outdoor Solutions’ Long-Range Shooting Schools. Four openings are available for the Utah range on June 6-9. The final 2019 Texas long-range school session now offers the option to include a hog hunt after class instruction ends. The dates for the hog hunt combo in Texas is October 23-27 and will fill up soon.

One of South Africa’s most successful operators, Huntershill Safaris is offering an incredibly attractive trophy package over five days and six nights for $3,250 1x1 or $2,950 2x1. The hunt includes all of the regular amenities at Huntershill, including airport pick up and drop off, meals, accommodations, services of a professional hunter, skinner, and transportation on the property.

Safari Club International has great news! We are finalizing arrangements to hold the 2020 Annual Hunters' Convention February 5-8 in Reno, Nevada, rather than the previously scheduled dates of January 15-18.

There is an element of recent public discourse that appears to be missing: truth. Be it alternate facts or fake news, many pundits and politicians no longer shackled by reality feel free to say whatever the situation calls for.  And though this may seem like a recent phenomenon, it is not. The Humane Society of the United States has been promulgating alternative facts for years, starting with their name. 

Despite the words “humane society” on its letterhead, the HSUS uses alternative facts to imply they are affiliated with your local animal shelter. They are not. The HSUS uses cute and cuddly or pitiful creatures in its’ fundraising materials, inferring they run spay/neuter programs or take in stray, neglected, and abused pets. They do not. And despite assuming the facade of actual cash-strapped animal protection agencies dedicated to animal welfare, the HSUS has become the wealthiest animal rights organization on earth. 

April 10-13
Pope and Young Club 31st Biennial Convention

La Vista Hotel and Conference Center - Omaha, Nebraska 
https://pope-young.org/convention/default.asp

April 26-28
NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits

Indianapolis, IN
https://www.nraam.org/

May 28 - June 2
Duck’s Unlimited (DU) National Convention

June 21-23
Oregon Waterfowl Festival/NW Elk Camp

Polk County Fairgrounds, Rickreall, OR, http://oregonwaterfowlfestival.com/

 
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